Text Neck- A modern day problem and how to avoid it?

Courtesy of Shannan Dobb, Chiropractor

Are new smart devices on yours or your families Christmas list this year??

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain sustained from looking down at your mobile phone, tablet, or other devices too frequently and for too long. Children and teens are especially at risk for suffering symptoms of text neck with their high usage. We all do it and a recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their mobile phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their mobile phone on hand.

Symptoms of text neck can include neck, upper back and shoulder pain.


Having our head down for prolonged periods of time increases the strain in the muscles of the neck, upper back and shoulders causing pain. So what can we do to help prevent ourselves from suffering with text neck? To start, it is very important to adjust the height at which we hold our mobile phone or device that we are using closer to eye level. This will help avoid having the neck bent forwards for prolonged periods of time. Also limiting the amount of time spent looking at phones and tablets and incorporating some simple stretches into your daily routine will reduce the stresses and strains placed on muscles and joints, particularly the neck, shoulders and arms.

Here at Harding Chiropractic Clinic text neck is something we regularly see and we aim to not only help treat the symptoms of text neck, but to educate the patient with advice on good posture and strengthening exercises to prevent future episodes of text neck from reoccurring. For more information or to book and appointment, contact us on 01244 880186.


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